Thursday, January 29, 2009

Holy WIKI Grail Found: OPEN WETWARE!

I am sure everyone else already knows about this. But, I was blown away. This WIKI is huge and tells you everything about protocols, materials, blogs and other resources. Personally, I'm not at the level yet where I can use the techniques contained here, but for those who are, you should already have this in your back pocket.


"OpenWetWare (OWW) is overseen by Stanford University bioengineering professor Drew Endy, until recently at MIT. Harvard Medical School systems biologist Pam Silver, an early convert to OWW, has all of her experiments and protocols on the site. “I think it has made my lab members feel that they are part of a larger community of scientists who share ideas,” she says, “and that their research can move forward more quickly.” Silver maintains that the freeflowing interactions on OWW have contributed to her work in bioenergy and her educational efforts in systems biology. “I always encourage people to be as open as possible,” she says. “No one has to join OpenWetWare, but that's where the cool people are.”" SEE THE FULL HHMI ARTICLE


  1. Pooh. Biological wet work is a lot like cooking, except you have to be more careful about contamination issues (preventing the contamination yourself and the environment and preventing contamination of your samples). Anyone who is reasonably careful and precise can do benchwork. The equiment and supplies are pricey but a fair amount can be done with simple stuff, particularly if you confine your work to bacteria.

  2. Hmmmm. That is great news EJ. I can already cook pretty well :)